* Author Warren Walter's recently published novel, The Exploits of Sam Towery is a modern reimagination of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This free teacher guide, created by an instructional designer, is intended to be used by teachers and students while reading the novel. Please visit www.samtowery.com for more information including a story map and a link to a free chapter.
* In Walter's story, Sam Towery, an orphan living with his grandmother in the small town of St. Dismas, felt trapped. Not the biggest fan of school and other people’s rules, Sam made the best of things by hanging out with his friends, practicing with the swim team, and trying to get to know the intriguing new girl in town. One day, Sam gets in big trouble at school and decides to join his friend Carlos on a Halloween night adventure. When the adventure turns tragic, Sam suddenly finds himself tangled up with dangerous people in a way that just might cost him his life.
* Contained within this free guide are a wide variety of standards-aligned activities, each of which includes a link to a downloadable resource from Google Drive and/ or a link to a digital tool that can be used by students as they learn. Specifically, this guide contains learning experiences meant to be completed before, during, and after reading. The learning experiences emphasize creative writing, vocabulary, critical analysis of story elements. Also included is an extension activity that will potentially give students a chance to interact with the author.
* Warren Walter hopes readers of all ages will explore his story which stands on its own as a tale of adventure, comedy, suspense, relationships, and transformation. He also hopes his story inspires a new generation of readers to explore Twain's original novel so they too can develop an appreciation of the literary classic.